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April 8 - Old & New Testament
1 But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things[a];(a) Achan(b) son of Karmi, the son of Zimri,[b] the son of Zerah,(c) of the tribe of Judah,(d) took some of them. So the Lord 's anger burned(e) against Israel.(f)
2 Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai,(g) which is near Beth Aven(h) to the east of Bethel,(i) and told them, "Go up and spy out(j) the region." So the men went up and spied out Ai.
3 When they returned to Joshua, they said, "Not all the army will have to go up against Ai. Send two or three thousand men to take it and do not weary the whole army, for only a few people live there." 4 So about three thousand went up; but they were routed by the men of Ai,(k) 5 who killed about thirty-six(l) of them. They chased the Israelites from the city gate as far as the stone quarries and struck them down on the slopes. At this the hearts of the people melted in fear(m) and became like water.
6 Then Joshua tore his clothes(n) and fell facedown(o) to the ground before the ark of the Lord , remaining there till evening.(p) The elders of Israel(q) did the same, and sprinkled dust(r) on their heads. 7 And Joshua said, "Alas, Sovereign Lord , why(s) did you ever bring this people across the Jordan to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us?(t) If only we had been content to stay on the other side of the Jordan! 8 Pardon your servant, Lord. What can I say, now that Israel has been routed by its enemies? 9 The Canaanites and the other people of the country will hear about this and they will surround us and wipe out our name from the earth.(u) What then will you do for your own great name?(v)"
10 The Lord said to Joshua, "Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? 11 Israel has sinned;(w) they have violated my covenant,(x) which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied,(y) they have put them with their own possessions.(z) 12 That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies;(aa) they turn their backs(ab) and run(ac) because they have been made liable to destruction.(ad) I will not be with you anymore(ae) unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction.
13 "Go, consecrate the people. Tell them, ‘Consecrate yourselves(af) in preparation for tomorrow; for this is what the Lord , the God of Israel, says: There are devoted things among you, Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove them.
14 "‘In the morning, present(ag) yourselves tribe by tribe. The tribe the Lord chooses(ah) shall come forward clan by clan; the clan the Lord chooses shall come forward family by family; and the family the Lord chooses shall come forward man by man. 15 Whoever is caught with the devoted things(ai) shall be destroyed by fire,(aj) along with all that belongs to him.(ak) He has violated the covenant(al) of the Lord and has done an outrageous thing in Israel!'"(am)
16 Early the next morning Joshua had Israel come forward by tribes, and Judah was chosen. 17 The clans of Judah came forward, and the Zerahites were chosen.(an) He had the clan of the Zerahites come forward by families, and Zimri was chosen. 18 Joshua had his family come forward man by man, and Achan son of Karmi, the son of Zimri, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah,(ao) was chosen.(ap)
19 Then Joshua said to Achan, "My son, give glory(aq) to the Lord , the God of Israel, and honor him. Tell(ar) me what you have done; do not hide it from me."
20 Achan replied, "It is true! I have sinned against the Lord , the God of Israel. This is what I have done: 21 When I saw in the plunder(as) a beautiful robe from Babylonia,[c] two hundred shekels[d] of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels,[e] I coveted(at) them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath."
22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent, and there it was, hidden in his tent, with the silver underneath. 23 They took the things from the tent, brought them to Joshua and all the Israelites and spread them out before the Lord .
24 Then Joshua, together with all Israel, took Achan son of Zerah, the silver, the robe, the gold bar, his sons(au) and daughters, his cattle, donkeys and sheep, his tent and all that he had, to the Valley of Achor.(av) 25 Joshua said, "Why have you brought this trouble(aw) on us? The Lord will bring trouble on you today."
Then all Israel stoned him,(ax) and after they had stoned the rest, they burned them.(ay) 26 Over Achan they heaped(az) up a large pile of rocks, which remains to this day.(ba) Then the Lord turned from his fierce anger.(bb) Therefore that place has been called the Valley of Achor[f](bc) ever since.
1 Then the Lord said to Joshua, "Do not be afraid;(a) do not be discouraged.(b) Take the whole army(c) with you, and go up and attack Ai.(d) For I have delivered(e) into your hands the king of Ai, his people, his city and his land. 2 You shall do to Ai and its king as you did to Jericho and its king, except that you may carry off their plunder(f) and livestock for yourselves.(g) Set an ambush(h) behind the city."
3 So Joshua and the whole army moved out to attack Ai. He chose thirty thousand of his best fighting men and sent them out at night 4 with these orders: "Listen carefully. You are to set an ambush behind the city. Don't go very far from it. All of you be on the alert. 5 I and all those with me will advance on the city, and when the men come out against us, as they did before, we will flee from them. 6 They will pursue us until we have lured them away from the city, for they will say, ‘They are running away from us as they did before.' So when we flee from them, 7 you are to rise up from ambush and take the city. The Lord your God will give it into your hand.(i) 8 When you have taken the city, set it on fire.(j) Do what the Lord has commanded.(k) See to it; you have my orders."
9 Then Joshua sent them off, and they went to the place of ambush(l) and lay in wait between Bethel and Ai, to the west of Ai—but Joshua spent that night with the people.
10 Early the next morning(m) Joshua mustered his army, and he and the leaders of Israel(n) marched before them to Ai. 11 The entire force that was with him marched up and approached the city and arrived in front of it. They set up camp north of Ai, with the valley between them and the city. 12 Joshua had taken about five thousand men and set them in ambush between Bethel and Ai, to the west of the city. 13 So the soldiers took up their positions—with the main camp to the north of the city and the ambush to the west of it. That night Joshua went into the valley.
14 When the king of Ai saw this, he and all the men of the city hurried out early in the morning to meet Israel in battle at a certain place overlooking the Arabah.(o) But he did not know(p) that an ambush had been set against him behind the city. 15 Joshua and all Israel let themselves be driven back(q) before them, and they fled toward the wilderness.(r) 16 All the men of Ai were called to pursue them, and they pursued Joshua and were lured away(s) from the city. 17 Not a man remained in Ai or Bethel who did not go after Israel. They left the city open and went in pursuit of Israel.
18 Then the Lord said to Joshua, "Hold out toward Ai the javelin(t) that is in your hand,(u) for into your hand I will deliver the city." So Joshua held out toward the city the javelin that was in his hand.(v) 19 As soon as he did this, the men in the ambush rose quickly(w) from their position and rushed forward. They entered the city and captured it and quickly set it on fire.(x)
20 The men of Ai looked back and saw the smoke of the city rising up into the sky,(y) but they had no chance to escape in any direction; the Israelites who had been fleeing toward the wilderness had turned back against their pursuers. 21 For when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had taken the city and that smoke was going up from it, they turned around(z) and attacked the men of Ai. 22 Those in the ambush also came out of the city against them, so that they were caught in the middle, with Israelites on both sides. Israel cut them down, leaving them neither survivors nor fugitives.(aa) 23 But they took the king of Ai alive(ab) and brought him to Joshua.
24 When Israel had finished killing all the men of Ai in the fields and in the wilderness where they had chased them, and when every one of them had been put to the sword, all the Israelites returned to Ai and killed those who were in it. 25 Twelve thousand men and women fell that day—all the people of Ai.(ac) 26 For Joshua did not draw back the hand that held out his javelin(ad) until he had destroyed[a](ae) all who lived in Ai.(af) 27 But Israel did carry off for themselves the livestock and plunder of this city, as the Lord had instructed Joshua.(ag)
28 So Joshua burned(ah) Ai[b](ai) and made it a permanent heap of ruins,(aj) a desolate place to this day.(ak) 29 He impaled the body of the king of Ai on a pole and left it there until evening. At sunset,(al) Joshua ordered them to take the body from the pole and throw it down at the entrance of the city gate. And they raised a large pile of rocks(am) over it, which remains to this day.
The Covenant Renewed at Mount Ebal
30 Then Joshua built on Mount Ebal(an) an altar(ao) to the Lord , the God of Israel, 31 as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded the Israelites. He built it according to what is written in the Book of the Law of Moses—an altar of uncut stones, on which no iron tool(ap) had been used. On it they offered to the Lord burnt offerings and sacrificed fellowship offerings.(aq) 32 There, in the presence of the Israelites, Joshua wrote on stones a copy of the law of Moses.(ar) 33 All the Israelites, with their elders, officials and judges, were standing on both sides of the ark of the covenant of the Lord , facing the Levitical(as) priests who carried it. Both the foreigners living among them and the native-born(at) were there. Half of the people stood in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal,(au) as Moses the servant of the Lord had formerly commanded when he gave instructions to bless the people of Israel.
34 Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the law—the blessings and the curses—just as it is written in the Book of the Law.(av) 35 There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded that Joshua did not read to the whole assembly of Israel, including the women and children, and the foreigners who lived among them.(aw)
The Gibeonite Deception
1 Now when all the kings west of the Jordan heard about these things—the kings in the hill country,(a) in the western foothills, and along the entire coast of the Mediterranean Sea(b) as far as Lebanon(c) (the kings of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites,(d) Hivites(e) and Jebusites)(f)— 2 they came together to wage war against Joshua and Israel.
3 However, when the people of Gibeon(g) heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai,(h) 4 they resorted to a ruse: They went as a delegation whose donkeys were loaded[a] with worn-out sacks and old wineskins, cracked and mended. 5 They put worn and patched sandals on their feet and wore old clothes. All the bread of their food supply was dry and moldy. 6 Then they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal(i) and said to him and the Israelites, "We have come from a distant country;(j) make a treaty(k) with us."
7 The Israelites said to the Hivites,(l) "But perhaps you live near us, so how can we make a treaty(m) with you?"
8 "We are your servants,(n)" they said to Joshua.
But Joshua asked, "Who are you and where do you come from?"
9 They answered: "Your servants have come from a very distant country(o) because of the fame of the Lord your God. For we have heard reports(p) of him: all that he did in Egypt,(q) 10 and all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan—Sihon king of Heshbon,(r) and Og king of Bashan,(s) who reigned in Ashtaroth.(t) 11 And our elders and all those living in our country said to us, ‘Take provisions for your journey; go and meet them and say to them, "We are your servants; make a treaty with us."' 12 This bread of ours was warm when we packed it at home on the day we left to come to you. But now see how dry and moldy it is. 13 And these wineskins that we filled were new, but see how cracked they are. And our clothes and sandals are worn out by the very long journey."
14 The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire(u) of the Lord . 15 Then Joshua made a treaty of peace(v) with them to let them live,(w) and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath.
16 Three days after they made the treaty with the Gibeonites, the Israelites heard that they were neighbors, living near(x) them. 17 So the Israelites set out and on the third day came to their cities: Gibeon, Kephirah, Beeroth(y) and Kiriath Jearim.(z) 18 But the Israelites did not attack them, because the leaders of the assembly had sworn an oath(aa) to them by the Lord , the God of Israel.
The whole assembly grumbled(ab) against the leaders, 19 but all the leaders answered, "We have given them our oath by the Lord , the God of Israel, and we cannot touch them now. 20 This is what we will do to them: We will let them live, so that God's wrath will not fall on us for breaking the oath(ac) we swore to them." 21 They continued, "Let them live,(ad) but let them be woodcutters and water carriers(ae) in the service of the whole assembly." So the leaders' promise to them was kept.
22 Then Joshua summoned the Gibeonites and said, "Why did you deceive us by saying, ‘We live a long way(af) from you,' while actually you live near(ag) us? 23 You are now under a curse:(ah) You will never be released from service as woodcutters and water carriers for the house of my God."
24 They answered Joshua, "Your servants were clearly told(ai) how the Lord your God had commanded his servant Moses to give you the whole land and to wipe out all its inhabitants from before you. So we feared for our lives because of you, and that is why we did this. 25 We are now in your hands.(aj) Do to us whatever seems good and right(ak) to you."
26 So Joshua saved them from the Israelites, and they did not kill them. 27 That day he made the Gibeonites(al) woodcutters and water carriers(am) for the assembly, to provide for the needs of the altar of the Lord at the place the Lord would choose.(an) And that is what they are to this day.
37 The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 38 A man in the crowd called out, "Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. 39 A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him. 40 I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not."
41 "You unbelieving and perverse generation,"(au) Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here."
42 Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the impure spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father. 43 And they were all amazed at the greatness of God.
Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time
While everyone was marveling at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples, 44 "Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men."(av) 45 But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it,(aw) and they were afraid to ask him about it.
46 An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest.(ax) 47 Jesus, knowing their thoughts,(ay) took a little child and had him stand beside him. 48 Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.(az) For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest."(ba)
49 "Master,"(bb) said John, "we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us."
50 "Do not stop him," Jesus said, "for whoever is not against you is for you."(bc)
51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven,(bd) Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.(be) 52 And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan(bf) village to get things ready for him; 53 but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John(bg) saw this, they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them[b]?"(bh) 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them. 56 Then he and his disciples went to another village.
The Cost of Following Jesus(bi)
57 As they were walking along the road,(bj) a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go."
58 Jesus replied, "Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man(bk) has no place to lay his head."
59 He said to another man, "Follow me."(bl)
But he replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."
60 Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God."(bm)
61 Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family."(bn)
62 Jesus replied, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."
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